The biggest concern is running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who was limited Thursday for a second consecutive day with the hamstring he tweaked before a Week 17 win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals announced. Green-Ellis was hurt during pregame warm-ups and didn't take the field against the Ravens, but we expect him to be ready for the Texans.
The Bengals' stout defense is no secret, but their offense has struggled down the stretch.
Their running game was a mess without Green-Ellis in the lineup against the Ravens. He has been valuable in his first season with the Bengals, breaking off a string of long runs, something he never was known for with the New England Patriots.
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said this week that he expected Green-Ellis to be fine. The picture isn't as pretty for defensive back Chris Crocker, who was held out of practice with a thigh injury. Safety Taylor Mays, defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry and cornerbacks Leon Hall and Jason Allen also were limited Thursday.
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